In July of 2013, NPR Weekend Edition host Scott Simon began tweeting from the ICU of a Chicago hospital. For the next week, as he watched his mother’s condition worsen until her eventual passing, he shared everything from interactions with ICU nurses to his mother’s…Continue
Added by psychonephrology on January 18, 2018 at 13:57 — No Comments
A shaggy dog organ recital. My kidneys! Tolvaptan, schlerotherapy
The wonders of modern medicine!
I have a hereditary disease called polycystic kidney disease . Interesting! I inherited it from either my mother or father and my daughters have a 50% chance of acquiring it. No evidence they do. It results in the growth of cysts on the kidneys until the number and size of them shuts down the kidneys, necessitating dialysis and/or transplants.
Years ago I checked in with my…
Well, I haven't "blogged", so will give it a "whirl".
First of all: Merry Christmas to everyone!!!! I start with this because I am just home yesterday after some "quality time" in hospital. I have been transplanted x 18 years & very grateful for it!! However, as many know, this does come with costs, namely being more prone to infections & "special" things...
The beginning of December I knew I wasn't feeling great, but just thought it was the usual December influenza,…Continue
Can anyone tell me how the "standard time" for dialysis came to be 4.25 hours?
Author: Lisa Mitchell
Whether it is the patient or the caregiver, diagnosis of a serious health condition like the need for dialysis therapy can bring turmoil and trigger anxiety.
The onset of anxiety affects you not only mentally but…Continue
Added by psychonephrology on November 29, 2017 at 12:57 — No Comments
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the use of research-informed information to direct the decisions of healthcare professionals in the delivery of services and management of the system. In the past several decades, evidence-based medicine has gain popularity in the United States, making it the standard mode of working in health care provision. In the application, the practitioners prefer applying principles that are based on scientific research and clinical studies rather than experience and…Continue
Added by Stephanie McMills on November 24, 2017 at 3:18 — No Comments
I still vividly remember her last night here. She wasn’t fully conscious. Just enough to keep pulling down the facemask providing her with oxygen and opening her eyes to stare at me, before she resumed dozing off. I have no idea if she knew I was there. Yet, I still sat at her…Continue
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now i am used to dialysis no hope for transplant .my mom is only hope and after all painfull test done they said her gfr is 75 they need 80 so they refused to transplant. iam very disoppint and heavy heart after listen to this nnews.but what do i do just waiting some day i got transplant.
Dying is an inevitable part of life. In the manner that we celebrate and discuss the process of birth, why we can’t discuss the process of death? Even for medical professionals, who have seen people…Continue
My name is John Fife, from Perth, Ont.
I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called membranous nephritis back in 1991. For years this was manageable with medications, mostly blood pressure meds. My creatinine levels were around 160 for several years.
In Dec 2016 I suddenly developed a second auto-immune disorder called crescentic nephritis and my creatinine went to over 400 and my GFR down to 11. I was admitted to hospital and while there the creatinine went…Continue
It's been almost a year since my husband got his transplant and things have been going well. His creatine levels are in the normal range and he is not retaining fluid at all. The only thing he has to be careful of is foods with potassium in them. He has so much more energy and feels so much better. He comes in the house now, saying that he has to go pee, instead of coming in and being exhausted or being at dialysis. He is planning on writing a letter to the donor's family again. He did…Continue
Added by wildmojo on May 16, 2017 at 18:19 — No Comments
About 1 in 10 people develop some degree of chronic kidney disease (CKD). It is imperative to follow certain dietary restrictions if you are diagnosed with a kidney disease, which sometimes, can be difficult to manage. Technology has made things easier for us and with the development of smartphone apps, taking care of yourself is easier than ever. Today, we have come up with some useful apps that are designed especially for kidney patients.
To know more…Continue
Added by psychonephrology on April 26, 2017 at 11:14 — No Comments
This week is a National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week - from April 23 - 29.
It will be three years next month (May 27) after I donated my left kidney to my husband, Robert Lee.
Having two healthy kidneys is a blessing. By donating one of your spare is a…Continue
Death can be a difficult subject and most of us feel uncomfortable talking about it. Death, however, does not differentiate, being an inevitable outcome for all of us. Personal meanings of death can vary, though. Through the ages, for most of us, the best way to deal with it was with denial. Maybe this is the reason that most of us don’t think it’s appropriate for children to know about loss or death. But many children may encounter some form of loss, even in their early lives.
Added by psychonephrology on April 3, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments
We can live with one healthy kidney.
Please consider to be an organ and tissue donor.
Talk to your family and discuss about it.
A donor can save 8 lives!!
I am a living proof of a living kidney donor. Anyone can be an organ and tissue donor.
These two wonderful kidney transplant surgeons helped me to fulfill my promise to my husband. In two months we will be celebrating our 3rd…Continue
Added by Leta on March 29, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments
Wow, today is exactly 34 months (in two months will be three years) celebrating and commemorating my husband's kidney transplant.
Everyday of my life I am so thankful for my husband, for keeping up with his new kidney (not new anymore), well it's now a 34 months old…Continue
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